"Milestones" by Sayyid Qutb

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OutlineSayyid Qutb was born in 1906 in Egypt (1906-1966) was a Government Official, Writer, Literary Critic and finally an Islamic Political Leader. Above all he was a famous Islamic Scholar and he get popularity after the publication of his book "Milestones". When Sayyid Qutb opened his eyes Egypt was under the control of the British.

AbstractSayyid Qutb belongs to a religious family background. Even though he was interest in Western literature and he studied Western literature extensively [p,12] and criticized it in his writings, poetry, short stories and articles. Qutb was in America for two years for which he criticized him personally. He got back to Egypt with a mind filled with hatred of the West and strong-minded fundamentalist.

ReviewGetting back to homeland he joined Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the first and largest Mass Islamist Group. When the Brotherhood came to end with the ruling Arab nationalists in Egypt and an endeavor was taken to kill the president Gamal Abdul Nasser, the jihadi activist, Qutb was arrested for conspiring a plan against Nasser's independent Egypt and was sent behind the bars for 10 years (1950-1960), where he wrote the book.

Just after the publication the "Milestones" in 1964 he was again captured and locked up and prosecuted1 for another plot against the Nasser regime, and he was hanged in October 1966. His death elevated his position to Shaheed or Martyr in the eyes of many Muslims and he became the Hero of the Muslim. Milestones turn out to be a best-selling brand and widely distributed across the Muslim world. To date, nearly 2000 editions of the book have been published.

The Title Ma' alim fi al-Tariq (Sayyid Qutb Ma' alim fi al-Tariq, Arabic Egypt 1964) translated into English as "Milestones Along the Way" or Milestones Along the...